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    another rock soldier called home. It's been announced on various sites that drummer Nick Menza has died. Here's one from Blabbermouth.net

    Former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza passed away Saturday night (May 21) while performing with the band OHM: at The Baked Potato in Studio City, California. He was 51 years old.

    Nick collapsed during the third song of OHM:'s set. Earliest reports indicate he suffered a massive heart attack and was pronounced dead upon arrival at hospital. No other details are being released at this time.


    One person who was present at The Baked Potato last night told BLABBERMOUTH.NET: "It appeared to be a seizure but [Nick] stopped breathing. Two patrons took over and began CPR until EMS arrived. EMS worked on him for 25-plus minutes, including adrenaline shots, three shocks and non-stop compressions."

    Nick's biographer and friend J. Marshall Craig said: "We ask for prayers for Nick's family, his family, and especially his two sons and their mother, Teri.

    "He just spent nearly two weeks with the boys in the Pacific Northwest and was absolutely glowing. He was scheduled to fly to my home in Cape Cod tomorrow so that we could finish the comic-book version of the book we wrote on his life, 'MenzaLife', both of which were slated for release late next month. This morning we are all too numb to think about anything but Nick's family.”

    Nick's manager Robert Bolger said: "Along with your prayers and wonderful thoughts and memories of this incredible man and musician, we ask that fans respect his family’s need for privacy at this absolutely tragic time."

    Menza's friend Allen Hall wrote on Facebook: "We lost an amazing talent and fantastic person yesterday. Nick Menza was the nicest and most sincere guy you should ever hope to meet.

    "He would take the shirt off his back to help you if you needed it. He had a passion for artwork, not just metal music.

    "Nick, you were taken too soon, it must have been a mistake, the world was a better place with you in it. I will miss you dearly my friend."

    MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine tweeted: "Tell me this isn't true. I woke at 4am to hear Nick Menza passed away on May 21 playing his drums with Ohm at the Baked Potato. #nickmenzarip."

    Mustaine's son, Justis, also paid tribute to Nick on Twitter, saying: "Rest in peace Nick Menza."

    A Facebook post from The Baked Potato stated simply: "RIP Nick Menza."

    Menza joined MEGADETH for the 1989 recording "Rust In Peace" and for the next nine years became associated with the band's "classic" and most profitable era.

    Menza claimed in a 2015 interview that the attempted reunion of the "Rust In Peace" lineup failed to materialize because Dave Mustaine "didn't wanna show me any love at all."

    The drummer said that he was approached by Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson to replace Shawn Drover at the end of 2014, and that he had started working out new tracks with the band. But the plan collapsed after he was offered a contract he described as "very unfair."

    In addition to Menza, OHM: featured another ex-MEGADETH member, guitarist Chris Poland.

    Menza joined OHM: last year after the passing of the band's previous drummer, David Eagle, who suffered a heart attack and had open-heart surgery in May 2015.

    Last week, it was announced that Nick would unveil an art collection crafted from the new medium of "rhythm-on-canvas" on June 16.

    Menza had been working with art team and publisher SceneFour on the collection titled "Rhythm Hits The Wall".


    Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/for...OxWDDrGZOsf.99

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    Wow! RIP.
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    Geez wtf too young. RIP.
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    Wow! Way too young, indeed...
    At the very least, he died doing what he loved - performing. R.I.P.
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    As I am hitting 46 this fall, all these guys dying in their 50's scares the shit out of me.

    I've got too much left to do.
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    My favorite Megadeth albums are Rust In Peace, Countdown to Extinction, and Youthanasia. Those three are still some of my favorite metal albums, period. Nick Menza was a beast. RIP

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    Just looked at some recent OHM video, and this guy could've passed for 28. From just looking, he was in much better shape than I'm in.

    I watched that AC/DC in Lisbon video, and Angus is flinging himself on the ground, thrashing around, then getting up and charging like a bull, and he's 61. I'm 45 and you won't see me doing that!

    Wow...maybe I'd better take a multivitamin and go for a walk...

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    Damn. RIP.

    I was really hoping for a RIP era reunion for megadeth, but it wasn't to be. That is my favorite lineup.

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    Favorite metal drummer of all time. Wish i could have seen him live. Rip lineup of megadeth is one of my 3 favorite bands of all time along with rush and van Halen. Sad. Rest in peace nick. I'll be blasting megadeth this week.

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    Holy shit!

    "Rust in Peace" will forever be a masterpiece metal record, and Menza was an absolute machine
    on that record.
    I remember being so impressed by what he & Marty brought out of Megadeth.
    Incredible musicianship with loads of personality, never sterile.

    51 is way too young.

    Lately, i think about death probably too much.
    I just feel my body suddenly getting old & breaking down in small bits.
    I just suddenly feel middle-aged, and that's the beginning of the end, in a weird way.

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    Rocks stars, by in large, don't exactly lead healthy lives. Drug use, promiscuous sex and lack of sleep don't contribute to longevity.

    As far as being "middle-aged", if you live to be 80, you hit middle age at 40, which is hardly old.
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    Very sad. That's just too young.

    Great player. Like everyone else, Rust in Peace was a highlight for me that year. The playing, from everyone, was incredible, and the record is a classic without question.

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    Holy Shit!!! Nick was amazing drummer. He always seemed like a good guy too in interviews

    Will this shitty year ever end...

    RIP Nick and thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by japeape View Post

    Lately, I just feel my body suddenly getting old & breaking down in small bits.
    I just suddenly feel middle-aged, and that's the beginning of the end, in a weird way.
    Me too.

    Just in the last year I've started feeling it for the first time. I still think I am young, but parts of my body are tell me otherwise.

    And God forbid you injure something, it takes FOREVER for me to heal now. Rolled my ankle playing basketball a few weeks ago, and I'm still walking like an old man when I get up in the morning.
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    Sad, really liked his drumming. RIP

 

 

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